Garden Cruise to New Zealand with Tony Fawcett

13
Nights
2019
Nov 7
From
$4995
Celebrity
Solstice
Including accommodation,
guided sightseeing, tours, meals

You are invited on board the stately Celebrity Solstice to cruise the spectacular New Zealand coastline.

Visiting Visiting Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga, Auckland and Hobart

Highlights Include

  • Sightseeing tours and garden visits in Hobart, Australia; Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga, and Auckland in New Zealand
  • Ayrlies Garden, created from 1964 by Beverley and Malcolm McConnell
  • Tikitere garden, developed since 1987
  • Miller’s garden, a private, well-established garden with many interesting features
  • Tony Fawcett will give a talk on his career in horticulture and the media and answer any questions you might have
  • Wellington Botanic Garden, famous for its rose garden and begonia house Pepped Warbeck Garden
  • Coombe Farm, a working 850 sheep farm in the Takamatua Valley
  • Potter’s Croft
  • Glenfalloch Woodland Garden
  • Woodland Garden, situated in a fertile coastal valley above the harbour of Dunedin
  • The majesty of Milford Sound, star of Fiordlands National Park
  • Dusky Sound
  • Garden Trivial Pursuit
  • Crawleighwood Garden
  • Farewell drinks party onboard Celebrity Solstice
  • Luxury Cruising onboard Celebrity Solstice
Garden Cruise to New Zealand with Tony Fawcett map

Includes

  • Travel on Celebrity Solstice in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Celebrity Solstice
  • Private activities on board Celebrity Solstice
  • 1 night’s accommodation in a four-star hotel in Auckland including breakfast and dinner
  • Sightseeing tours and garden visits in Hobart, Australia; Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga, and Auckland in New Zealand
  • Port and handling charges on Celebrity Solstice
  • Cruise taxes
  • Onboard gratuities

Don't worry about coming alone

About a third of people on the cruise ships are singles. We will endeavour to match people in twin-share cabins when available, to save you the single supplement.

The advantages of Celebrity Solstice Garden Cruise to New Zealand

The cruise is fully escorted and is a fun holiday with plenty of activities. Each evening you can dine with the group at our reserved tables. You will meet a fun group of people with a love of gardens and nature in common, and have a fabulous time!

Celebrity Solstice Deck plans

Celebrity Solstice

The Solstice is impressive, with all the modern features and contemporary design you expect in a state of the art 5-Star cruise liner. The cabins are generously sized. There are many dining choices with high quality food in the main dining room and the specialty restaurants. There are plenty of bars and musical entertainment on board. The night life is abuzz with a huge variety of Broadway style shows every evening. You will love the ship.

Clothing on board Celebrity Solstice

During the day casual clothing is typical, although shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the formal restaurants. During the evening on chic nights, smart casual is required for ladies and gentlemen in the main restaurants. There are usually two chic nights. Casual nights require a collared shirt for gentlemen. The self-service restaurants are casual.

Tony Fawcett

Tony Fawcett

Tony is one of Australia’s most experienced magazine journalists, a specialist garden and homemaker writer, who has gained an immense following for his features and columns. Previously editor and editor-in-chief of national magazines Your Garden and Australian Home Beautiful, he writes a weekly garden column for the Weekly Times newspaper and contributes the Garden Diary pages to Better Homes & Gardens magazine. While running a small editorial production company, he also writes rural features for The Weekly Times’ Farm magazine, runs the online blog A Garden State of Mind and is editor of the Lions Australia national magazine. For 11 years he wrote weekly on gardening for Victoria’s Sunday Herald Sun newspaper. Tony, a life member of the Horticultural Media Association, has been a judge at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show and is happiest when out exploring a garden with his camera. Tony is married and lives in a century-old farmhouse he and his wife have restored on the outskirts of Melbourne.

DAY 1 Thursday November 7, 2019 Auckland, New Zealand
This morning we board our flight to Auckland New Zealand. After we arrive in Auckland, the largest city and commercial centre of New Zealand, we enjoy a sight-seeing tour, which takes in the main sights of Auckland, including the Harbour Bridge, which spans the beautiful Waitemata Harbour and the quaint and stylish shopping area of Parnell. We will continue with a visit to Ayrlies Garden, created from 1964 by Beverley and Malcolm McConnell. Covering 4.5ha, it is one of New Zealand’s finest and best-known gardens, incorporating three large ponds, cascading waterfalls, a rose garden, rockery, meadow garden and the stimulating “lurid border”. There’s also an adjoining 14ha wetlands reserve. This is a superb garden which is considered to be one of the best gardens in New Zealand. We then transfer to our hotel. We will enjoy a welcome dinner to meet Tony Fawcett and other tour members.

DAY 2 Friday November 8, 2019 Embarkation
The morning is free for independent sightseeing. Early in the afternoon we are transferred to the port to board Celebrity Solstice.

DAY 3 Saturday November 9, 2019 Tauranga, (Rotorua)
We dock in Tauranga and travel to Rotorua to visit two gardens today. The 12ha Tikitere garden, developed since 1987, incorporates a natural stream, established trees and bog plants including hostas, iris and primulas. Bridges cross the stream, which is lined with a collection of Japanese maples and cherry trees, while azaleas and rhododendrons cover the slopes beyond. We travel on to visit Miller’s garden, a private, well-established garden with many interesting features.

DAY 4 Sunday November 10, 2019 At sea
We have a free day at sea today to enjoy the many facilities and activities aboard the ship. In the afternoon Tony Fawcett will give a talk on his career in horticulture and the media and answer any questions you might have.

DAY 5 Monday November 11, 2019 Wellington
Arriving in Wellington, the nation’s capital, we enjoy a private sightseeing tour of the main city sights, including the Houses of Parliament, known locally as ‘the Beehive’. At Mount Victoria, there are breath taking, 360-degree views of the city, and we also visit the Wellington Botanic Garden, famous for its rose garden and begonia house. In the afternoon we travel to Pepped Warbeck Garden. It features a Mediterranean garden planted with olive trees, lavender and greg foliage, a vegetable garden and a white garden, which has a weeping pear, Chatham Island forget-me-nots, roses and hostas.

DAY 6 Tuesday November 12, 2019 Akaroa
Today we call in to the pretty village of Akaroa, originally founded by the French. It’s a delightful town, still retaining the French ambience. We visit Coombe Farm, a working 850 sheep farm in the Takamatua valley. The garden is in a beautiful setting surrounded by hills strewn with native trees and bush, abundant bird life, creeks and a waterfall. At Potter’s Croft we explore 1.2ha of gorgeous, private country garden next to a gently flowing stream. There are roses everywhere, mixed with lush lawns, trees, wisteria and scented white Azores jasmine. Tony will make sure you enjoy our garden visit.

DAY 7 Wednesday November 13, 2019 Dunedin
Arriving at Port Chambers this morning, we’ll be met by our private coach to travel to the city of Dunedin. Originally founded by Scottish settlers and known as the Edinburgh of the South, it features beautifully preserved buildings overlooking parklands. We’ll visit the Glenfalloch Woodland Garden, situated in a fertile coastal valley above the harbour. Originally developed by Philip Brady in 1917, it has a collection of superb European trees from 1872, under planted with azaleas and rhododendrons. Fuchsias and native ferns grow luxuriantly beside Russell Creek. Returning to Dunedin, we visit the historic, Jacobean style Olveston House, containing a treasure trove of art, antiques and set in nearly half a hectare of garden.

DAY 8 Thursday November 14, 2019 Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sound
Nothing can prepare you for the majesty of Milford Sound, star of Fiordlands National Park. New vistas mesmerise at each turn. In this place of outstanding natural beauty towering Mitre Peak rises 1692 metres above the sound and there are plunging waterfalls, bottlenose and dusky dolphins, fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins. Sometimes called 'The Sound of Silence', there is a cloistered serenity within Doubtful Sound that contrasts with Milford Sound. At 40kms long and eight across at its widest point, Dusky Sound is one of the largest and most complex fiords in Fiordland. Dusky Sound was discovered and named in 1773 by Captain Cook, who originally called it Dusky Bay because of its sombre aspect.

DAY 9 Friday November 15, 2019 At sea
A day free to explore the ship.

DAY 10 Saturday November 16, 2019 At sea
A day free to explore the ship. Why not have a swim or a massage? In the afternoon Tony will run a Garden Trivial Pursuit with questions based on the gardens we have explored over the past few days. We will divide the group into teams with prizes for the winners.

DAY 11 Sunday November 17, 2019 Hobart, Tasmania
We dock in Hobart this morning. We will have a guided tour of Hobart before visiting ‘The Patch’ at the Hobart Botanical Garden, an inspiring example of an urban community garden that was first started in 1995. This afternoon we visit Corinda, an enchanting inner-city garden around a beautifully-restored Victorian house. Over the last 16 years Wilmar Bouman and Matthew Ryan have recreated the garden of a century-old property. A pleached linden tree walk in the shape of a U, under planted with clipped box hedges, frames the garden. Flower-packed perennial beds overflow with colour, contrasting with an intricate, stylised parterre and a profusion of hostas, lilies and other shade-lovers under mature trees. We return to the ship for an evening at leisure.

DAY 12 Monday November 18, 2019 Hobart
In the morning we visit Crawleighwood Garden. This wonderful two-hectare garden nursery is nestled in the picturesque hills at Nicholls Rivulet in the beautiful Huon Valley. The garden features lush rhododendron woodland and rainforest with myrtles, rare and unusual plants, a wide variety of deciduous trees including maples, meandering paths, stone walls and a Gondwanan arboretum. We continue with a visit to Margaret and Bill’s gorgeous 9 hectares of landscaped native gardens ‘Inverawe’ in Margate. Tony will explain the use of the native plants and tour members will get ideas for their own gardens. We will enjoy wandering around the garden with views of North West Bay.

DAY 13 Tuesday November 19, 2019 At sea
A day free to explore the ship. We will enjoy a drinks party this evening to say goodbye to Tony Fawcett and other tour members.

DAY 14 Wednesday November 20, 2019 Sydney
This morning we cruise through Sydney Heads and arrive at Circular Quay in Sydney. The tour concludes.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
11 Interior 7 $4,995 $7,165
7 Ocean View 7, 8 $5,695 $8,415
2B Balcony 6, 7 $6,095 $9,015
C3 Conceirge Balcony 9, 10 $6,295 $9,345
A2 Aqua Balcony 11 $6,595 $9,925
Included port & handling charges $742 $1,292
Included cruise gratuities $190 $190

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Travel on Celebrity Solstice in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Celebrity Solstice
  • Private activities on board Celebrity Solstice
  • 1 night’s accommodation in a four-star hotel in Auckland including breakfast and dinner
  • Sightseeing tours and garden visits in Hobart, Australia; Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga, and Auckland in New Zealand
  • Port and handling charges on Celebrity Solstice
  • Cruise taxes
  • Onboard gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Flights from Australia to Auckland
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary. These will be quoted for separately
  • Drinks on board (except for the drinks party)
  • Lunches when not on the ship and in Auckland
  • Visas

Availability

All cabins are subject to availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. A limited number of cabins are available for single occupancy. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.

Extending

You can stay longer in New Zealand for minimal additional cost. Please contact 1800 630 343 for more information.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TOUR OPERATOR:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. Celebrity Solstice is operated by Celebrity Cruises and the fly/cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the 2018/19 brochure. All passengers must complete the cruise personaliser on the Celebrity Cruise website and complete and sign the Travelrite International booking form.

DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
A deposit of $900 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa, Mastercard or Amex cards.

CANCELLATION CHARGES:

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 90 days Loss of deposit
90 - 61 days 50% of full fare
60 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

REFUNDS:
The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
All passengers will require a valid passport with six month validity. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

BAGGAGE:
Passengers qualify for 22kg of baggage on flights to join the cruise. The coach can only accommo-date 1 piece of luggage per person.

MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS:
The fly/cruise arrange-ments have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 90 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

TOUR PARTICIPATION:
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd. (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. Neither Nationwide News Pty Limited nor any of its subsidiaries, nor any of its newspapers have any involvement in the tour, and have no liability of any kind to any person in relation to the tour. Travelrite acts only as an agent in the making of arrangements for hotels, transportation, restaurants or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in the tour, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour and/or make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be taken in the State of Victoria.

HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $900 per person to:

Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free: 1800 630 343
Telephone: (03) 9836 2522
Fax: (03) 9836 8068
Email balwyn@travelrite.com.au

ABOUT TRAVELRITE INTERNATIONAL:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 34 years and operating in Victoria for more than 38 years. It has two offices at Balwyn and Heathmont which are also accredited with IATA and ATAS (No.A10538). As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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